Medium-chain Triglycerides

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are fatty acid esters of glycerol containing from six to 12 carbon atoms and derived from coconut and palm kernel oils. Unlike most natural oils of animal or vegetable origin, MCTs are stable, resistant to oxidation, and metabolized differently in the body. They are rapidly absorbed from the small intestine and quickly converted by the body and burned as energy. As a result, very little ingested MCTs are deposited in the body as fat.